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EVENTS - 2012

World Water Monitoring Day, 18 September 2012


World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach programme that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local reservoirs, rivers, streams, estuaries and other water bodies. An additional initiative would be to inform the public on the real facts of drinking water quality management in order to limit the spreading of misinformation regarding the quality of tap water.

The coordinators of WWMD, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) plan to expand participation to one million people in 100 countries by 2012.

World Water Monitoring Day is officially celebrated on September 18; however, the monitoring window was extended for the first time in 2009 from March 22 (World Water Day) until December 31. Participants are encouraged to celebrate with WEF and IWA in September or to observe their own WWMD anytime during the extended window.

Tap water quality can be monitored for drinking, and rivers and streams for effects on fish and other aquatic life. People are encouraged to choose any borehole, river, stream, dam, or other Water body to safely monitor the Water quality. In fact, one could even monitor the Water quality of the Water from a household or community tap.

An easy-to-use test kit enables everyone from children to adults to sample local water bodies for a core set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results are shared with participating communities around the globe through the WWMD Web site.

Communities can request the assistance of their Local Municipality to test the Water quality with them and discuss ways in which they can together improve or maintain the Water quality in their communities.